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Leah Paulos

Leah Paulos - Publicist

Brooklyn

I offer short-term, high-profile publicity campaigns for authors. Client placements incl: NYT, TODAY show, WSJ, Salon, The Atlantic, NY mag

Overview

I run Press Shop, an independent publicity agency based in Brooklyn. We create and implement effective publicity campaigns for authors of all sorts, from New York Times bestselling authors to first-time, self-published writers. We've secured coverage in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Salon, NPR, Slate, the TODAY show, and hundreds of other high-profile media outlets. Projects start at $5500.

Services
Fiction
Children's Picture Books Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Literature Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Education & Reference Nature Parenting & Families Politics & Current Affairs Religion & Spirituality Self-help & Self-improvement Sex & Relationships Social & Behavioral Sciences

Work experience

Founder and principal

Press Shop

February, 2014 – Present (almost 3 years)

My company Press Shop offers expertise in crafting editor-friendly story angles, a long list of media contacts and relationships, and a fluid understanding of the rapidly changing media world. We've helped authors gain top-rate national editorial coverage, including TODAY, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Elle, Parents, Self, Salon, Glamour, NPR, Fast Company, Chicago, New York magazine, USA Today, Slate, Time Out, Good Housekeeping, and hundreds of other print, TV, radio, and online media outlets.

As a former Condé Nast magazine editor, and a frequent writer for InStyle, Marie Claire, Oxygen, Seventeen, ElleGirl, and The New York Post, I understand the marketplace and knows what’s newsworthy. And I know how to successfully pitch stories to editors to gain coverage that builds name recognition, creates buzz, and increases sales. We only take on a few projects at a time so I can fully engage as the principal for each one.

Freelance publicist

Leah Paulos

March, 2008 – December, 2013 (almost 6 years)

Implemented full-service PR campaigns for authors, using traditional and new media outreach and social media campaigns. Consulted with companies and authors about media strategy and publicity.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

All Who Go Do Not Return: A Memoir

Shulem Deen

A moving and revealing exploration of Hasidic life, and one man's struggles with faith, family, and communityShulem Deen was raised to believe that questions are dangerous. As a member of the Skverers, one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the US, he knows little about the outside world--only that it is to be shunned. His marriage at eighteen is arranged and several children soon follow. De... read more

A moving and revealing exploration of Hasidic life, and one man's struggles with faith, family, and communityShulem Deen was raised to believe that questions are dangerous. As a member of the Skverers, one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the US, he knows little about the outside world--only that it is to be shunned. His marriage at eighteen is arranged and several children soon follow. De... read more

The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It

Leonard Cassuto

It is no secret that American graduate education is in disarray. Graduate students take too long to complete their studies and face a dismal academic job market if they succeed. The Graduate School Mess gets to the root of these problems and offers concrete solutions for revitalizing graduate education in the humanities. Leonard Cassuto, professor and graduate education columnist for The Chron... read more

It is no secret that American graduate education is in disarray. Graduate students take too long to complete their studies and face a dismal academic job market if they succeed. The Graduate School Mess gets to the root of these problems and offers concrete solutions for revitalizing graduate education in the humanities. Leonard Cassuto, professor and graduate education columnist for The Chron... read more

The Season of Second Chances: A Novel

Diane Meier

A world of possibilities opens up for Joy Harkness when she sets out on a journey that’s going to show her the importance of friendship, love, and what makes a house a home Coming-of-age can happen at any age. Joy Harkness had built a university career and a safe life in New York, protected and insulated from the intrusions and involvements of other people. When offered a position at Amherst C... read more

A world of possibilities opens up for Joy Harkness when she sets out on a journey that’s going to show her the importance of friendship, love, and what makes a house a home Coming-of-age can happen at any age. Joy Harkness had built a university career and a safe life in New York, protected and insulated from the intrusions and involvements of other people. When offered a position at Amherst C... read more

The Matchmaker of Kenmare: A Novel of Ireland

Frank Delaney

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Frank Delaney's The Last Storyteller.In the summer of 1943, as World War II rages on, Ben MacCarthy is haunted by the disappearance of his wife, the actress Venetia Kelly. Searching for purpose by collecting stories for the Irish Folklore Commission, he travels to a remote seaside cottage to profile the enigmatic Miss Kate Begley, the Matchmaker of ... read more

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Frank Delaney's The Last Storyteller.In the summer of 1943, as World War II rages on, Ben MacCarthy is haunted by the disappearance of his wife, the actress Venetia Kelly. Searching for purpose by collecting stories for the Irish Folklore Commission, he travels to a remote seaside cottage to profile the enigmatic Miss Kate Begley, the Matchmaker of ... read more

What Else But Home: Seven Boys and an American Journey Between the Projects and the Penthouse

Michael Rosen

It started with a baseball game, when Michael Rosen’s seven-year-old son Ripton invited some older boys over to his family’s penthouse for snacks and Nintendo after joining their pick-up game in Tomkins Square Park. These visits became more frequent, and soon these boys, all black and Hispanic neighbors living in public and subsidized housing, became part of the Rosen’s family. Over time Micha... read more

It started with a baseball game, when Michael Rosen’s seven-year-old son Ripton invited some older boys over to his family’s penthouse for snacks and Nintendo after joining their pick-up game in Tomkins Square Park. These visits became more frequent, and soon these boys, all black and Hispanic neighbors living in public and subsidized housing, became part of the Rosen’s family. Over time Micha... read more

A Numerate Life: A Mathematician Explores the Vagaries of Life, His Own and Probably Yours

John Allen Paulos

Employing intuitive ideas from mathematics, this quirky "meta-memoir" raises questions about our lives that most of us don't think to ask, but arguably should: What part of memory is reliable fact, what part creative embellishment? Which favorite presuppositions are unfounded, which statistically biased? By conjoining two opposing mindsets--the suspension of disbelief required in storytelling ... read more

Employing intuitive ideas from mathematics, this quirky "meta-memoir" raises questions about our lives that most of us don't think to ask, but arguably should: What part of memory is reliable fact, what part creative embellishment? Which favorite presuppositions are unfounded, which statistically biased? By conjoining two opposing mindsets--the suspension of disbelief required in storytelling ... read more

Shannon: A Novel of Ireland

Frank Delaney

In the summer of 1922, Robert Shannon, a Marine chaplain and a young American hero of the Great War, lands in Ireland. He still suffers from shell shock, and his mentor hopes that a journey Robert had always wanted to make—to find his family roots along the banks of the River Shannon—will restore his equilibrium and his vocation. But there is more to the story: On his return from the war, Robe... read more

In the summer of 1922, Robert Shannon, a Marine chaplain and a young American hero of the Great War, lands in Ireland. He still suffers from shell shock, and his mentor hopes that a journey Robert had always wanted to make—to find his family roots along the banks of the River Shannon—will restore his equilibrium and his vocation. But there is more to the story: On his return from the war, Robe... read more

Crazy for Science with Carmelo the Science Fellow

Carmelo Piazza, James Buckley

A hands-on science book packed with fun experiments from rockstar science educator Carmelo the Science Fellow! Designed to encourage kids' natural love of science from an early age, this book promotes scientific observation, exploration, and analysis in a way that little kids can get excited about--through do-it-yourself experiments! Each chapter introduces a different branch of science, inclu... read more

A hands-on science book packed with fun experiments from rockstar science educator Carmelo the Science Fellow! Designed to encourage kids' natural love of science from an early age, this book promotes scientific observation, exploration, and analysis in a way that little kids can get excited about--through do-it-yourself experiments! Each chapter introduces a different branch of science, inclu... read more

Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, A Life (Hollywood Legends Series)

William V. Madison

Best known for her Oscar-nominated roles in the smash hits Paper Moon and Blazing Saddles, Madeline Kahn (1942-1999) was one of the most popular comedians of her time--and one of the least understood. In private, she was as reserved and refined as her characters were bold and bawdy. Almost a Method actor in her approach, she took her work seriously. When crew members and audiences laughed, she... read more

Best known for her Oscar-nominated roles in the smash hits Paper Moon and Blazing Saddles, Madeline Kahn (1942-1999) was one of the most popular comedians of her time--and one of the least understood. In private, she was as reserved and refined as her characters were bold and bawdy. Almost a Method actor in her approach, she took her work seriously. When crew members and audiences laughed, she... read more

Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up

John Allen Paulos

Are there any logical reasons to believe in God? The mathematician and bestselling author John Allen Paulos thinks not. In Irreligion he presents the case for his own worldview, organizing his book into twelve chapters that refute the twelve arguments most often put forward for believing in God's existence. Interspersed among these counterarguments are remarks on a variety of irreligious theme... read more

Are there any logical reasons to believe in God? The mathematician and bestselling author John Allen Paulos thinks not. In Irreligion he presents the case for his own worldview, organizing his book into twelve chapters that refute the twelve arguments most often put forward for believing in God's existence. Interspersed among these counterarguments are remarks on a variety of irreligious theme... read more

More Love, Less Panic: 7 Lessons I Learned About Life, Love, and Parenting After We Adopted Our Son from Ethiopia

Claude Knobler

In this heartwarming and hilarious memoir, Claude Knobler describes how he learned the hard way that the apple actually can fall far from the tree—and that’s Okay. Already the biological parents of a seven-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter, Claude Knobler and his wife decided to adopt Nati, a five-year-old Ethiopian boy who seemed different from Knobler in every conceivable way. After ... read more

In this heartwarming and hilarious memoir, Claude Knobler describes how he learned the hard way that the apple actually can fall far from the tree—and that’s Okay. Already the biological parents of a seven-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter, Claude Knobler and his wife decided to adopt Nati, a five-year-old Ethiopian boy who seemed different from Knobler in every conceivable way. After ... read more

Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show: A Novel of Ireland

Frank Delaney

January 1932: Ben MacCarthy and his father watch a vagabond variety revue making a stop in the Irish countryside. After a two-hour kaleidoscope of low comedy, juggling, tumbling, and other entertainments, Ben’s father, mesmerized by Venetia Kelly, the troupe’s magnetic headliner, makes a fateful decision: to abandon his family and set off on the road with Miss Kelly and her caravan. Ben’s moth... read more

January 1932: Ben MacCarthy and his father watch a vagabond variety revue making a stop in the Irish countryside. After a two-hour kaleidoscope of low comedy, juggling, tumbling, and other entertainments, Ben’s father, mesmerized by Venetia Kelly, the troupe’s magnetic headliner, makes a fateful decision: to abandon his family and set off on the road with Miss Kelly and her caravan. Ben’s moth... read more

Tipperary: A Novel of Ireland

Frank Delaney

“My wooing began in passion, was defined by violence and circumscribed by land; all these elements molded my soul.” So writes Charles O’Brien, the unforgettable hero of bestselling author Frank Delaney’s extraordinary new novel–a sweeping epic of obsession, profound devotion, and compelling history involving a turbulent era that would shape modern Ireland. Born into a respected Irish-Anglo fam... read more

“My wooing began in passion, was defined by violence and circumscribed by land; all these elements molded my soul.” So writes Charles O’Brien, the unforgettable hero of bestselling author Frank Delaney’s extraordinary new novel–a sweeping epic of obsession, profound devotion, and compelling history involving a turbulent era that would shape modern Ireland. Born into a respected Irish-Anglo fam... read more

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